Nervous Magic Lantern Performance: Time Squared, Orchard Street, and In the Street

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<i>Nervous Magic Lantern Performance: Time Squared</i>. USA. Performed by Ken Jacobs
  • Nervous Magic Lantern Performance: Time Squared

    USA. 60 min.

  • Orchard Street

    1955. USA. Ken Jacobs. 12 min.

  • In the Street

    1948. USA. James Agee, Helen Levitt. 14 min.

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Friday, May 3, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
  • Nervous Magic Lantern Performance: Time Squared

    USA. Performed by Ken Jacobs. “Viewers of NML performances invariably speak of the intense movies they see in what are actually neutral visual events. It just may be that the Rorschaching the NML excites is the most valuable thing it does, but it’s not what I think about when projecting. I work at drawing (nameless) things into and out of view and directing their movements in illusionary depth. 3-D you say? But this is impossible. Exactly.”

    "Please don’t knock yourself out looking for meanings in these images. I wouldn’t recognize a pictorial meaning if it was served in my soup. Pictorial pleasure is what I’m after as I listen during Time Squared to the never-ending rhapsody of the subway. Never-ending? Rhapsody? Noise! But a John Cage sort of noise where every sound feels exquisitely in place.” 60 min.

  • Orchard Street

    1955. USA. Directed by Ken Jacobs. “My first film, revisiting the Jewishness (permeating the street at that time) of my upbringing. My next would be Star Spangled to Death, but the shorts Little Stabs of Happiness and Blonde Cobra came out before it because I couldn’t afford to print the long film.” 12 min.

  • In the Street

    1948. USA. Directed by James Agee, Helen Levitt. “In the Street, the movie that gives permission. Evidence that the scenes one sees everywhere in real life are actually the makings of cinema. One only needs a camera and the streets will be forthcoming.” 14 min.

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Image: Nervous Magic Lantern Performance: Time Squared. USA. Performed by Ken Jacobs